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Odes pindaricas posthumas de Elpino Nonacriense.

SILVA, Antonio Diniz da Cruz e].

Published by Coimbra, Na Imprensa da Universidade, 1801., 1801
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16°, contemporary tree sheep (scraping to covers; wear to head and foot of spine, corners; recased with recent endleaves), flat spine with gilt fillets and crimson leather lettering piece, gilt short-title. In good condition. 258 pp., (1 l.). *** FIRST EDITION, with page 6 in its corrected state. Among the subjects of the odes are Vasco da Gama, André Furtado de Mendonça, João Fernandes Vieira, Dom João de Castro, Antonio Moniz Barreto, Duarte Pacheco Pereira, the Count Schaumbourg Lippe, and the Marquês de Pombal (to whom there are no less than four poems, including one on the reforms to Coimbra University). A second edition was published in London, 1820. The Odes also were published as volumes V and VI of the author's Poesias (Lisbon, 1807-17). Cruz e Silva developed a formidable reputation as a lyric poet and satirist. His O Hyssope was a source of inspiration for Francisco de Mello Franco's famous burlesque poem Reino da estupidez. Cruz e Silva based his poem on the quarrel between the bishop of Elvas, D. Lourenço de Lancastre, and the dean, D. José Carlos de Lara, which he witnessed first-hand while resident in Elvas from 1764 to 1774. As Bell recounts the tale, Cruz e Silva "was summoned to read his satire to the all-powerful [Marquês de] Pombal in the presence of the infuriated bishop . the poem proved too much for the gravity of the minister, who appointed him a judge in Rio de Janeiro (1776)" (Portuguese Literature pp. 273-4). Martins de Carvalho notes (p. 7) that many contemporaries considered O Hyssope "muito superior" to Pope's Rape of the Lock.Of humble origins (his father was a carpenter who abandoned the family to emigrate to Brazil, while his mother supported them working as a seamstress), Cruz e Silva (Lisbon 1731-Rio de Janeiro 1799) studied law at Coimbra. He co-founded the Arcadia Ulyssiponense in 1756 and, while serving as a military judge, developed a formidable reputation as a lyric poet and satirist. Most of Cruz e Silva's poems remained unpublished until after his death. In July 1790 Cruz e Silva was sent again to Brazil to assist in trying the leaders of the Republican conspiracy in Minas, in which Tomás António Gonzaga, Claudio Manuel da Costa, Manuel Inácio da Silva Alvarenga and other men of letters were involved, and in December 1792 he became chancellor of the Relação in Rio. Six years later he was named councillor of the Conselho Ultramarino, but did not live to return home.*** Innocêncio I, 124 (without mention of the final leaf). Pinto de Matos (1970) p. 235. Porbase locates four copies: Biblioteca Nacional de Portugal, Biblioteca João Paulo II-Universidade Católica Portuguesa, Biblioteca Geral da Universidade de Coimbra, and Universidade do Minho, without differentiating between the states of p. 6. Copac repeats the British Library and Cambridge University only. Bookseller Inventory # 40159

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Title: Odes pindaricas posthumas de Elpino ...

Publisher: Coimbra, Na Imprensa da Universidade, 1801.

Publication Date: 1801

Binding: Hardcover

Edition: 1st Edition

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